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Check Your Blood Sugar

Knowing how your blood sugar responds to foods, exercise and your diabetes medicines can help you manage your diabetes.

  • Know how to use a glucometer to measure your blood sugar.
  • Know when to check your blood sugar at home.
  • Know what an A1c blood test is and what the results mean.

It is important to manage your blood sugar.

Knowing what your blood sugar is in response to taking your medicine, after eating or exercise helps you understand how your medicine and healthy habits are helping you manage your diabetes. A glucometer is one tool to help you do this.

Ask your doctor how often you need to check your blood sugar at home with your glucometer. Your doctor can order an A1c blood test to understand your blood sugar control over the last 3 months.

Last Reviewed: 10/16/2016